11 gifts to cheer up someone going through a tough time after lockdown
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease and we slowly return to normal, it doesn't mean people aren't struggling right now. You might have a vulnerable family member, a friend who's struggling with anxiety about the chaos of the world, or you're merely missing your office colleagues and gossiping in the staff room. We've put together a list of our favourite uplifting goodies to help you feel connected to your loved ones and brighten up those gloomy days...
We created our Remindfuls card deck during the first lockdown, after we received lovely feedback on the messages we were sharing on our social media. We turned them into this bright and colourful set of reminders, full of support, encouragement and empathy for anybody who's struggling through tough times.
Plus there's a cardboard stand included, so your loved one can display their favourite to keep them feeling uplifted for as long as they need it.
It's not always easy to stay positive during the tough times, so we created this rainbow-coloured notepad which encourages you to focus on the good stuff.
At the end of every day, reflect on one thing that made you feel loved, proud, calm, grateful and inspired. This is a great way to sift through all the negativity and draw out the stuff that made your day that little bit better.
We're big fans of our enamel pin collection and this is definitely one of our absolute favourites. Sometimes it's nice just to send a colourful bit of encouragement to a friend or loved one, and this adorable pin is a cute way to show a bit of love to anybody who needs it.
We initially created our Anxious Minds planner for Key Workers, to help them manage the pressures of working through a pandemic. We wanted to create a planner which helped you take back control of your day during times of uncertainty, focus on the good stuff, and calm yourself when it all gets a bit much.
This is a great way for your loved ones to focus on themselves and try to cultivate a more positive mindset when the darkness creeps in.
When life is feeling heavy and you want to perk somebody up, you want to make sure they understand just how much they matter to you. This card pack by the Blurt Foundation is full of uplifting and heartfelt quotes that reminder your loved one that they matter to the world and it's a brighter place for having them in it.
Another one of our favourite enamel pins! It's all too easy to beat yourself up and play the blame game when you're feeling low, so this gorgeous pin is a touching reminder to show yourself some kindness.
Encourage them to wear it with pride on their bag or coat and help your loved one to ditch the judgement and stop being so hard on themselves!
Gratitude is one of the best ways of looking after your mental health when you feel low. Actively taking time to think about what you're grateful for is a brilliant way of building your resilience and remembering all the good that's in your life.
Use the leaves to write down what you're grateful for, and display them on the tree. The more you're grateful for, the more the tree 'blooms' and serves as an uplifting reminder of just how much good stuff there is in your world.
This book makes for a beautiful heartfelt gift for somebody going through a tough time. It's full of prompts to fill in where you can share memories, stories and anecdotes about your loved one to remind them just how much they matter to you.
Receiving such a personalised gift is sure to lift the spirit of anybody who's struggling and will serve as a treasured keepsake for years to come.
This book by Nikki Miles is full of her uplifting and inspirational art. Every page is full of a meaningful and loving words, which is sure to warm the heart of whoever is reading it. It's a great way to lift the spirits of anybody feeling a bit low.
At times like this, it's easy to fall into a spiral of negativity. Mindfulness is a transformative practice which helps you to stay in the present moment, instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future
This gift set is an excellent introduction to mindfulness, with a timer and journal to help your loved one build the habit into every day, and will help them to keep their worries at bay.
Just like Mindful Colouring, this book of Calming Calligraphy is a great hobby to help calm an anxious mind and ease your worries. It serves as a helpful introduction to calligraphy, plus each of the patterns is based around a comforting and reassuring reminder.
This is a great way to help your loved one to focus on something productive and uplifting in their spare time.
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All the products listed have been chosen as they are designed to lift your mood and as not intended as a replacement to more in-depth medical interventions. If low mood is having a serious and detrimental impact on your life, please make an appointment with your doctor or GP, or get in touch with any of the support services listed below:
⭐ Mind – www.mind.org.uk – 0300 123 3393
⭐ Samaritans – www.samaritans.org – 116 123
⭐ Rethink – www.rethink.org – 0121 522 7007
⭐ Gofal – www.gofal.org.uk - 01656 647722
⭐ Young Minds - Youngminds.org.uk
⭐ Find a counsellor near you:
🗣 British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - www.Bacp.co.uk
🗣 Counselling Directory - www.Counselling-directory.org.uk
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